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Muhammad Akbar

Muhammad Akbar (Bandung, 1984) studied French literature at the Education University of Indonesia in Bandung (2007) and received his MFA from ITB (2012).

Muhammad Akbar practices as a video artist and his work is both exhibited as single channel videos as well as video installations. Besides practicing as an artist, he also works as a graphic designer (which he refers to as propaganda as his job entails making something appear significantly better than reality) and a VJ. Under the moniker Killafternoon, Akbar occasionally develops his ranging skill set, which includes VJ and motiongrapher, by collaborating with bands and musicians.

As a visual artist, he exhibits and screens his works in numerous film festivals and art exhibitions such as Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (2005), the Video Art Biennale OK Video Festival (2007, 2009 and 2011), ZKM in 2011 (Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany), and at ICAS (Singapore, 2012). In 2012 he had a solo exhibition at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space titled Gaze (the Unseen), and in 2014 he was awarded a residency programme in France as part of his Bandung Contemporary Art Award prize in 2013). 

Biography

Muhammad Akbar (Bandung, 1984) studied French literature at the Education University of Indonesia in Bandung (2007) and received his MFA from ITB (2012).

Muhammad Akbar practices as a video artist and his work is both exhibited as single channel videos as well as video installations. Besides practicing as an artist, he also works as a graphic designer (which he refers to as propaganda as his job entails making something appear significantly better than reality) and a VJ. Under the moniker Killafternoon, Akbar occasionally develops his ranging skill set, which includes VJ and motiongrapher, by collaborating with bands and musicians.

As a visual artist, he exhibits and screens his works in numerous film festivals and art exhibitions such as Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (2005), the Video Art Biennale OK Video Festival (2007, 2009 and 2011), ZKM in 2011 (Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany), and at ICAS (Singapore, 2012). In 2012 he had a solo exhibition at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space titled Gaze (the Unseen), and in 2014 he was awarded a residency programme in France as part of his Bandung Contemporary Art Award prize in 2013). 

Education

  • 2007

    Bachelor of Education

    French Language Teaching, Faculty of Art & Language Teaching,  Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung

  • 2012

    Master of Fine Arts

    Faculty of Art & Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014
    Lumieres, Espace Art Contemporain La Rochelle. FR.
    Loop Video Festival, La Virreina Centre De La Imatge. Barcelona. SP
    Melihat Indonesia. Ciputra Art World. Jakarta. ID
    Garden Art Festival. By Young Indonesian Female Initiative (YIFI), Goethe Institut. Bandung. ID
    Wonderfruit Festival. Screening program. Pattaya. TH

     

  • 2013
    Dance Your Eyes: NMA Festival. Gedung Indonesia Menggugat. Bandung. ID
    Arte. Indonesia Arts Festival. Plenary Hall. Jakarta Convention Center. Jakarta. ID
    Media Art Kitchen (M/AK). Galeri Nasional, Ruang Rupa, Japan Foundation. Jakarta ID
    Bandung Contemporary Art Award #3. Lawangwangi Creative Space. Bandung. ID
    Indonesia Art Awards #3. Galeri Nasional. Jakarta. ID
    Put Up Signal. AsialinkArtlink, BUS Project & Mess56. FedSquare, Melbourne. AU
    Gambar Idoep. Curated by Krisnamurti. Galeri Semarang. Semarang. ID

  • 2012
    WHAT DO PICTURES WANT? Collective exhibition, Art:1 Gallery. Jakarta. ID
    MANIFESTO #3: ORDE & KONFLIK. Indonesia National Gallery. Jakarta. ID
    GOOD OLD DAYS.Galeri KITA. Bandung. ID
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    ROPICALLAB: LAND. La Salle College of FIne Arts, ICAS. SG
    INSIDE THE MOMENT FILM FESTIVAL. Crane Arts. Philadephia. US
    EXTRANOEMA. Galeri Padi. Bandung. ID

  • 2011
    Sarupaning Beja. Audio Visual Music Performance with TRAH. CCF. Bandung. ID
    Selamatan Digital. Langgeng Art Foundation. Yogyakarta, ID
    FILM FORUM. HBK. Braunchweig.DE
    SWEET AGONY. Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace. Jakarta. ID
    DERAU. sound art exhibition NU-SUBSTANCE. Common Room & Studio Rosid. Bandung. ID
    CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE. Lawangwangi Art & Science Estate. Bandung. ID
    BAYANG. Islamic Contemporary Art. National Gallery. Jakarta. ID
    VOYEURISME. Galeri Gerilya. Bandung. ID
    BAZAAR ART. Harper's Bazaar. Grand Indonesia. Jakarta. ID 
    MEMBAJAK TV. curated by Krisnamurti. Salihara. Jakarta. ID
    LET'S DIE TOGETHER IN 2012. curated by Bottlesmoker. Common Room Networks Foundation. Bandung. ID
    OK VIDEO. FLESH. Galeri Nasional. Jakarta. ID
    Catching The High TIde: Video Art from Indonesia, LaSalle College of Arts Singapore, ICAS. SG 
    The Other “I”. Contemporary Art Fashion Exhibition. Padi Artground. Bandung ID
    YXINE Film Festival. Infokus program. Vietnam
    Moving Images from Indonesia. ZKM - Center for Art and Media. Karlsruhe. DE

  • 2010
    CODEX CODE. Kedai Kebun Forum, Co2, Ruang Rupa. Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Jakarta. ID
    CRASH PROJECT: IMAGE FACTORY. Sigi Arts. Jakarta. ID
    Lihat! Video art from Indonesia, Gallery Jesús Gallardo, León. Mexico
    FIXER | Pameran Ruang Alternatif & Komunitas Seni Rupa di Indonesia. North Art Space Jakarta. ID
    PAMERAN VIDEO MUSIK EKSPERIMENTAL JERMAN-INDONESIA. GoetheHaus. Jakarta. ID
    7Inch. video sreening. S.14. Bandung. ID
    Zurcher Theater Spektakel. Zurich, Switzerland
    OK.Video - Jakarta International Video Festival. A Retrospective. KunstBüroBerlin. Berlin. DE
    Sang Ahli Gambar dan Kawan-Kawan, A Tribute to S. Sudjojono. Padi Art Ground. Bandung. ID
    Recorded Waves. Para/site Art Space. Sheung Wan. HK
    INFLUX: Multimedia Art Stratiegy in Indonesia.
    DECOMPRESSION #10 - ruangrupa's 10 years Galeri Cipta II. Jakarta. ID

  • 2009
    DEER ANDRY. A Solo Exhibition by Andry Moch. Realized by His Friends & Families. S.14, Ruang Rupa, Mess56 Bandung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta. ID
    OBERHAUSEN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2009. Kurztfilmtage, Oberhausen. DE
    WE’RE ALL MILLIONAIRES. A.O.D. Gallery, C+C project. Jakarta. ID
    OK VIDEO. COMEDY. National Gallery Indonesia. Jakarta. ID
    JOGJA ART FAIR#2. Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta. ID
    MuMo: MUST MORE VIDEO SHOW. B-Place. New York. US

  • 2008
    GANESHA FILM FESTIVAL.  Liga Film Mahasiswa ITB. Bandung. ID
    VIDEO SONIC ART. Galeri Soemardja, FSRD ITB. Bandung. ID
    CELLSBUTTON #2. House of Natural Fiber. Yogyakarta. ID
    NIKE SPORTSWEAR RE-MASTERED. Senayan City. Future10 & Dailywhatnot Jakarta. ID
    15x15x15 METAPHORIA. Scale base artwork exhibition. Galeri Soemardja.Bandung. ID
    South East Asia Video – Bombay Sapphire Art Project 2008. Valentine Willie Fine Art. Kuala Lumpur. MY
    NU-SUBSTANCE. Galerti Kita, Common Room. Bandung, ID
    VIDIOT. HOLLAND-INDONESIA VIDEO FESTIVAL. Rumah Seni Yaitu. Importal. Semarang. ID

  • 2007
    ASEAN NEW MEDIA ART COMPETITION. Galeri Nasional. Jakarta. ID
    OK VIDEO. MILITIA. Galeri Nasional. Jakarta. ID
    LOWAVE-intercity. Video screening, CCF, Rumah Buku, Common Room,  Bandung. ID
    BASIC FRAME, Yogyakarta International Video festival, House of Natural Fiber, Yogyakarta. ID

  • 2006
    ANDRY MOCH.'s ME & MAYHEM group exhibition, Sunday’s movie club. Bandung
    ART FEST VIDEO LAB screening, presentation, & discussion. Parahyangan University. Bandung.
    BANDUNG - SINGAPORE DISPLACEMENT PROJECT Common Room & Sculpture square. Bandung & Singapore. ID, SIN.
    ART & RESISTANCE groups workshop & exhibition. Galeri Soemardja & Sanggar Luhur. Bandung. ID
    BANDUNG NEW EMMERGENCE #01 group exhibition, Selasar Soenaryo Artspace. Bandung. ID
    HETERO UTOPIA urban video international exhibition ARTEPOLIS, Galeri Soemardja. FSRD ITB. Bandung.
    OPEN HOUSE 12th BUTTON BUTON KULTUR 12. Bandung. ID

  • 2005
    PAMERAN DAUN MUDA 3 kota group exhibition, Galeri Padi, Bandung
    VIDEOBATTLE 8th  Round. Video Battle, Jogjakarta.
    3rd ASIA EUROPE - ART CAMP exhibition with Video Babes @Selasar Soenaryo. Bandung
    BOEMBOE FORUM 2005 (short film forum & screening), Teater Utan Kayu, Jakarta.
    REC-it 3 VideoBabes, Bandung. 
    BANGKOK EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL Bangkok. Thailand
    ARE WE EXIST Video Exhibition with VIDEOLAB. BTW space. Bandung
    “Do It Yourself” Poster Common Room. Bandung
    IMAGINED COUNTRIES. Wayang Cyber performance collaboration with Mizuho Matsunaga. iF venue. Bandung ID

  • 2004
    36 FRAME photography Project, BCFNMA / COMMON ROOM. Bandung. ID 
    DAGINGTUMBUH award #8, Kedai Kebun, Yogyakarta. ID
    BEYOND PANOPTICON Art and global media project-2004, Bandung Electronic City, Bandung. ID
    DJAMU TJAP IKIP 2 Group exhibition, Balai pertemuan UPI. Bandung. ID
    MEDIABARU@EGROUPS multimedia performance with  WAYANG CYBER. Galeri LONTAR, Jakarta. ID
    video art Marl Goethe Institute-Bandung Center  for new Media Arts, COMMON ROOM. BANDUNG. ID
    GEJALA-GEJALA DEMAM IBUKOTA group exhibition, @iF venue, Bandung
    “FESTIVAL FILM PENDEK BANDUNG” AACC. Bandung.

Awards

  • Indonesia Art Awards (IAA). Madya Category, Galeri Nasional. YSRI. Jakarta. 2013

     

    Bandung Contemporary Art Award #3, Lawangwangi Creative Space. Art Sociates. Bandung. 2013

     

    ASEAN New Media Art Competition 2007. ASEAN 1st Grand Prize Winner. 2007

     

    Best Video Art. Ganesha Film Festival. LFM-ITB. Bandung. 2008

     

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